Prison Rape Elimination Act
        What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a
federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in
correctional settings such as prisons, jails,
lockups, juvenile facilities, and Immigration
Services ⁄ ICE detention facilities. Sexual
misconduct under this law includes:

Offender-on-offender sexual assault and abuse
Staff-on-offender sexual misconduct (sexual
inappropriate relationships with offenders)
Offender-on-offender and staff-on-offender sexual

The Mercer County Jail takes every report of
sexual misconduct seriously and will thoroughly,
promptly, and objectively investigate all allegations.

The Mercer County Jail is committed to
emphasizing a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse or
assault of detainees/inmates, either by staff or
other detainees/inmates. It shall be the policy of
the Mercer County Jail to provide a safe and
secure environment for all detainees, employees,
contractors, and volunteers, free from the threat of
sexual abuse or assault by maintaining a Sexual
Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention
Program that ensures effective procedures for
preventing, reporting, responding to, investigating,
and tracking incidents or allegations of sexual
abuse or assault. The Mercer County Jail shall
conduct investigations in a manner that avoids
unnecessary embarrassment or indignity to the
detainee/inmate. It shall also be the policy of the
Mercer County Jail to pursue administrative,
disciplinary, and/or criminal sanctions against any
detainee/inmate, staff member, contractor, or
volunteer found to have committed sexual abuse or
assault against a detainee/inmate. It shall be the
responsibility of the Medical staff to provide
immediate first-aid to the victim and to refer the
detainee/inmate to the appropriate medical facility.

Mercer County Jail's policies regarding sexual
misconduct apply to all inmates/detainees. They
also apply to employees, contractors, and

If You Have Information Regarding A Mercer
County Jail  Inmate/Detainee Who May Have Been
A Victim Of Sexual Misconduct While In Custody
Please Contact Us By Phone At 309-582-